2 Michigan Slayings Yield Family Plea: Search Faster

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) -- Family and friends of a southern Michigan mother who was apparently gunned down along with another woman shortly after leaving her home with a family relative say they will push authorities to launch a missing persons search within 24 hours.

Van Buren County Sheriff officials say they still don't know what happened after 30-year-old Amy Henslee left her home in Hartford Township on Monday with 34-year-old Junior Lee Beebe, her husband's cousin. Investigators believe Tonya Howarth, met them that morning in Bangor Township. Both women were found dead of shotgun blasts.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports family friend Wendy Boyd said Saturday during a news conference that Henslee's family wishes the search would have started sooner.

Beebe remains faces two counts of murder and possession of a firearm during a felony.


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